PR Racing Kawasaki have been forced to release Simon Andrews from his contract for the 2012 British Superbike Championship due to injury. The Worcester rider has been recovering from the broken leg suffered at Snetterton last season but was facing a race against time to be fit for the season opener at Brands Hatch on Easter weekend.
With BSB rules now demanding that teams field a two-rider line-up from the start of the campaign, PR Racing have been forced to look for a replacement to partner Gary Mason.
Team Development Director Julian Mosquera expressed his sadness at the situation but admitted that the regulations had forced his hand.
“It was a very difficult and upsetting decision to make, but the new rules are very clear. Simon's recovery has not been as swift has he (and the team) would have liked. To be ready in time for the season, we need to have him out on the bike testing in the next few weeks, but his recovery cannot be rushed.”
“Fortunately for Simon, he has separately signed for Honda Legends to undertake road racing and endurance. That schedule commences later in the year, which affords Simon more time to prepare and test without rushing his recovery process. Simon will remain connected to PR Racing and we hope to bring him back into BSB at some time in the future.”